In his final State of the Union, President Obama lamented that Washington is even more divided than it was eight years ago.
We want to explore whether that’s true, whether our divisions have deepened and if so why, and what this means for our future, both in American politics and Americans’ everyday lives.
Host Keli Goff leads the conversation with politics professor Sam Abrams; Congressman Charlie Rangel (by phone from DC); senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center Mark Potok; commentator, GOP author and activist Margaret Hoover; and former Congressman Rick Lazio.
You can also watch a live video stream here at 7pm ET
About the Series
This event kicks off our new series of specials called 'Political Party with Keli Goff.' This election season, sidestep the horserace and join us as we dig deeper into the people and ideas shaping our political landscape. This is not another partisan shoutfest or predictable pundit roundtable. These are conversations that will be clever, passionate and political, yet civil.
About Keli Goff
An internationally recognized multi-platform journalist and fiction writer, Keli Goff’s work has appeared in the publications Time, Cosmopolitan, Essence, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, and the web editions ofThe New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Elle and New York magazine.
Currently a Columnist for The Daily Beast, she is also an award-winning writer for theater and television.
For her work on the third season of the hit television series “Being Mary Jane,” she was awarded a 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series. In December 2015 she completed a two-year playwriting fellowship with The Public Theater, the legendary artistic institution best known for producing Shakespeare in the Park.
The author of two books, her non-fiction debut Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence (Basic Books, March 2008), was critically acclaimed as one of the first books to document the rise of “Generation Obama.” Her second, the novel The GQ Candidate (Atria Books, July 2011), was designated a recommended summer reading selection by More Magazine and The Los Angeles Times.
Since the 2008 election Keli has appeared on more than 100 national and international news programs on the networks, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, BET and the BBC, providing political analysis and cultural criticism. Her work has been the subject of coverage in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, USA Today and many other publications. Learn more at www.keligoff.com
and follow her on Twitter @keligoff
Part of The NEXT New York Conversation series which brings together changemakers, newsmakers and tastemakers to illuminate relevant topics that are redefining and reshaping our 21st century.
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